COCKTAIL NAPKINS

Last weekend I finally took a day to have some alone time.  I had some gift cards to the local book stores and I ended up spending an extra $5.63 and got an overnight bag and 8 books!  I LOVE reading books and magazines!  I think I’ve mentioned this before in a previous blog post 🙂  After the book store, I went to another favourite…the FABRIC store and found some more deals…yay!!  I’ll have to update you  on what else I make, but for now, I got this cute fabric with little cocktails all over it and decided to make, what else?  Cocktail napkins!!  They turned out so cute  🙂

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I cut the fabric into 10 inch squares and then proceeded to hem all  four sides.  I iron as I go along and then I only have to pin the corners.  I did a 1/2″ hem,  2 folds of 1/4″ each and a mitred corner.  It’s very easy to do and you end up with napkins that are original and washable.

These are going to be so cute when we have cocktails or appetizers ❤  I can’t wait to use them!!

I encourage you to give it a try as its rewarding and easy! 🙂

LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

Charlene

FABRIC AND DESIGN FUN :)

My daughter had purchased some material from our local fabric store and wanted me to make her a blouse/shirt with it.  It happened to be a Cotton and Steel fabric and because the white of the bunnies is not a true white I couldn’t match it, so we went with a solid black fabric.  It turned out so cute and she has gotten a lot of wear out of it and a lot of compliments.  Its definitely an original and no one will have the same one out there!

She can dress it up with black or white pants or use it as a jacket with a simple tee underneath.

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I had to definitely think about the direction that the bunnies were heading when I made the cuffs and Nehru collar.  Almost ran out of material 😦   I used plain black buttons down the front and then vintage buttons on the sleeves and neck.  With fall coming its a fun addition to her wardrobe.

This was a fun project and although not perfect we had fun designing and executing our plan.  Next project??? Stay tuned!  🙂

LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

BABY BANDANAS

I’ve made quite a few of these easy to whip up baby bandanas.  I’m one of those people who won’t spend money on a pattern unless absolutely necessary 🙂  When my grandson was born my daughter in law had purchased a couple and then asked me to make some. My technique improved as I went along.

Just lately my daughter in law’s girlfriend asked me to make some for her little fellow, and so I did.  I tend to have more little boy fabrics lately, go figure haha.

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The first 3 are a little brighter and the second 3 are a little more retro looking.

I cut out a triangle in fabric and one in minky fabric (or you could use flannel), put them right sides together and sew around the edges leaving a 1 1/2″ gap to turn right side out. Trim the edges so that you don’t have bulky corners.  Then I iron them and sew a border tucking the opened edge in and catch it with the border stitch.

They are all backed with minky fabric. Soft and cuddly for little necks. I also used the little plastic snaps which are so handy 🙂 I added 2 so that she could adjust as her little one grows.

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So fun and so quick!

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Here is a little throwback to when I made a Halloween bib and little “boo” bag for all of little man’s treats 🙂

Little bags are another quick gift I make and have been making for years. Put a couple of books in and you have a quick and well loved gift!

Enjoy!

Remember to LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

 

I SPY A HALLOWE’EN QUILT

Last year I started a quilt for my wee grandson and I finished it this year.  I knew he was too young last year, so I didn’t rush. This year he is 2 years old and is noticing more around him.  He comes over to our home and reads the Hallowe’en books we have and we can sit under the Hallowe’en quilt 🙂

I bought the fabric and it was already cut in squares. I ended up cutting them into large 9 x 9 squares. I didn’t cut them into any smaller squares because some of the fabrics were more of a scene and I didn’t want to lose that.  It still can be used as an “I SPY” quilt because there are enough little characters on the quilt to find.  I think this will be more of a hit next year or so once he’s a bit older.

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I put plain black borders in between each of the squares so that the colours really popped. Once the top was done I put a layer of batting and then a plain black cotton back and sandwiched them all together.  Stitch in the ditch around all the squares, put the border on and voila!  My mom came to visit and I needed to keep her busy 🙂 , so I had her finish appliqueing each of the squares individually. Some are random and some follow a few of the Hallowe’en characters.  Turned out so cute!!

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This quilt will be around for many a year and be the source of many happy memories.

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The dog thought this was for him to roll around on – NOT!! haha 🙂

Now to get cracking on the Christmas quilts I’ve got sitting in the wings…

LIVE LIFE FULLY! ❤

BUILDING A LIBRARY!

I’ll never know why my grandma picked two specific books for me the Christmas I was 8 but they started my love of reading that continues to this day. They were Enid Blytons’ “The Treasure Hunters” and Elsie Gambrells’ “All Because of Gina”.  I know that I read the Treasure Hunters every year for years. I loved it!! Once my children got older we would read a chapter a night and then they all read it on their own. My oldest son recently asked for it and took it home with him.  I know that it holds a lot of memories for them as well as me. I’m looking forward to reading it to my wee grandson when he gets a bit older.

Getting these two books sparked my love of reading and I know I have instilled this into my children and my husband. I remember going into the library and strolling through the aisles looking for the books that were going to spark my imagination. The smell of the books, the hush of the room, the sound of the librarian stamping the little card with the due date and slipping it into the pocket glued to the inside of the book. Sigh!

I continuously have a stack at the side of the bed ready to read before bed or to curl up and read on the weekend. When the kids were younger and we would go to the lake I would stockpile books and magazines to read to the sound of waves lapping on the shore. I would get up at 6am, make a coffee and sit and read for 3 hours until the kids would wake up. Gosh I miss those days 🙂

When a friend has had a baby or now grandbabies, my go to gift is a book bag and some favourite titles.  It’s never too early to start reading to our littles!

Here is a little book that I made from a panel I purchased.  I made two and gave one to my grandson and one to our dear friends first grandchild. Bright and soft and washable. Best for a first book when they only want to put things in their mouths ha ha.

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They turned out so well. Puffy and soft and bright colours.

I can’t take a picture of my beloved “Treasure Hunters” as my son still has it, but here is a picture of “All Because of Gina”.  I believe it would have antique status because of its age 😦  haha

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Here is the part of the basket that holds Grandma’s “library” for when my little grandson visits. Some of the books are from my kids so they are well loved and well read!

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I found this little cloth book in the bottom of a box and it was water stained and dirty. It was one of the first books I bought for my oldest son (28 years old).  Nothing a little Oxyclean won’t fix.  It’s like new!

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Well I’m off to bed to read a few chapters of my latest book. I do have a Kobo but I prefer it for when I’m traveling. I still love the feel of paper and the smell of a book.  My absolute favourite gifts are books, pajamas and slippers. Somethings never change 🙂

Pick up a book and start reading or read to someone today.  It’s a great way to de-stress, transport your self to another place and time and learn something interesting.

Enjoy!!

LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

MEMORY QUILT FROM T-SHIRTS :)

Can’t believe we are into May already!  We are looking forward to our 31st wedding anniversary on the 19th and my middle son is getting married to his lovely fiancée on the 23rd.  Kind of seems surreal to be saying I have a child that is getting married when it seems like yesterday that they were born. So many memories and good times to reflect upon.   If you are younger you will find this hard to believe but time really does fly 🙂

So speaking of memories…my daughter has had a pile of t-shirts that were taking up closet space. She wore some of them and some she had outgrown but she still didn’t want to part with them.  I had seen some quilts made out of t-shirts before, so thought this would be a good option.

Obtain pile of shirts. My daughter was very trusting at letting me cut up her favourite tees.  Once you start cutting there is no going back. You either make a quilt or you’ve ruined her collection.

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Cut out as much of front and back including logos and removing arms, waistbands, necklines and side seams. So you end up with 2 large squarish pieces of fabric, after I squared them all off.  This is where it gets tricky as they are all different sized t-shirts, and the logos are all different sizes.

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I used denim from old jeans and cut those into 2 inch strips.  Doesn’t matter if all the denim is mismatched or not, as this is a patch work quilt.

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I lay out the fronts trying to get a pleasing look to it.  For instance I didn’t lay some colours together because I didn’t like them.  That’s just me haha. I then sewed strips of denim around each t-shirt block but so that there was only one strip between 2 t-shirts (mostly). So 2 t-shirts will share some denim strips.  I spent a lot of time sitting and looking at this quilt and figuring out what to do next.  Some spots I had to add a jean pocket to cover a spot that I just couldn’t match up pieces. It adds interest!

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Once the whole front was laid out I added a strip of denim around the whole outside of the quilt.  This also gives the quilt a little stability.

For the back I used all the backs of the t-shirts which are plain. Because like the fronts the t-shirts were all different sizes I opted to cut them all into strips that were 4 inches wide. After sewing all the pieces together to make blocks I trimmed them all into squares and sewed black t-shirt strips between the blocks.

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Layer the back, batting and front together and pin together through all the layers. I trimmed all three layers and then started the sew the piping around the whole quilt.

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My daughter loves the quilt and it will bring back memories of all those t-shirts that she loved enough to purchase over the years.

LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤

A FANTASY QUILT – BEACH WALK

I’ve been working on a quilt for quite some time (read at least a year). It is a lot larger than I thought it was going to be and its difficult to maneuver through the machine. It started out as 9 panels all with a beach theme. It’s called “Beach Walk” by McKenna Ryan.  I love her designs and I was really drawn to the colours of this particular quilt, very west coast :).

I purchased the whole kit including the fabric, pattern and embellishments. My favourite part was cutting out all the little pieces and ironing them in place.  It’s very much like painting with fabric , as the different shades of fabrics give the depth to the picture. Tiny little pieces are added, wings, feet, beaks, plants etc. I really enjoyed this.

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After several weeks of cutting, placing and ironing all the little pieces in place the panels were ready to be sewn in place.

All nine panels sewn together and then a batting and a back layer were added.  I safety pinned the three layers together and then have started the slow process of appliqueing all the little individual pieces around the edges.

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I’m not even sure where I will be able to display this because of its size.  In retrospect I should have just done half of the quilt or the individual panels and then I could have switched them up, but c’est la vie! I love the colours and its so pretty to look at.  Also posting this I will be encouraged to finish the project so that I can move on to other projects.

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Here are the two pics of the whole quilt (not finished)  Wish me luck!! This is my resolution for 2015…finishing projects before buying more projects. 🙂

LIVE LIFE FULLY ❤